Quotes from Oedipus Rex


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Identify the speaker of the following lines from Oedipus Rex:

Thou art named, and known, our life's establisher.

Thee therefore, Oedipus, the mightiest head

Among us all, all we thy supplicants

Implore to find some way to succor us.

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To whom do these lines in Oedipus Rex refer?

Also to his own sons he shall be found

Related as a brother, though their sire,

And of the woman from whose womb he came

Both son and spouse; one that has raised up seed

To his own father, and has murdered him.

2. In the last lines of Oedipus Rex, what does the Chorus say is the moral of the story?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

On this worksheet and quiz combination, you will answer test questions based on some significant quotes from Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles. The quiz will test you on several quotes by the chorus and the main characters.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz questions include:

  • Which character Tiresias is talking about in his quote beginning with, ''Also to his own sons he shall be found…''
  • Who says the following: ''Thou art named, and known, our life's establisher…''
  • Why a given quotation spoken by Oedipus is ironic

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Oedipus Rex to identify the character whose quotation begins with: ''This is what came of soothsayers' oracles;''
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about what the Chorus gives as the moral to the story
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding which character is speaking in the quote that opens with: ''Thou art named, and known, our life's establisher.''

Additional Learning

Check out the lesson titled Quotes from Oedipus Rex for additional study. You should meet these objectives upon completion:

  • Explain why Oedipus is a tragic hero and what that means
  • Discuss Tiresias' quotes to Oedipus concerning sight and blindness
  • Identify Oedipus' tragic flaw